An epic comeback story is being written about the iconic Bennigan’s restaurant chain, and an exciting new chapter is unfolding in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

The newest Bennigan’s officially opened its doors at 112 Redstone Drive in Fayetteville on Sunday, January 19th.  It is the first restaurant in Bennigan’s worldwide system to feature the company’s new state-of-the-art prototype design from the ground up.

Local franchise owners David and Melissa Hunt also own and operate the Hampton Inn nearby.

“We decided that the area needed an upscale casual dining option, and we’ve been fans of Bennigan’s for many years,” says David Hunt.  “We love the menu, the friendly Irish hospitality, the ambiance, and everything the brand represents, and we felt it would be a great fit for Fayetteville and Northern Alabama.”

The Fayetteville restaurant, which will add roughly 100 jobs to the local economy, incorporates Bennigan’s updated design concept featuring greater interior seating flexibility, a “shotgun” bar, improved lighting, an inviting outdoor patio, and enhanced visibility of the kitchen and food pick-up window that allows the food to be the star in the dining room.

“Every new Bennigan’s opening is exciting, but this one is extra special because it’s our first restaurant built to the new prototype design,” says Paul Mangiamele, Bennigan’s president and CEO.  “It’s one thing to see it on paper, but quite another to see it in real life.  And, in a word, it’s Legendary.  I’m so proud of this showcase restaurant, and so pleased that David and Melissa are on the Bennigan’s team.  They have been outstanding franchise partners from the very beginning, and I know they are going to have tremendous success here in Fayetteville.”

The Hunts are planning a special “grand opening celebration” for St. Paddy’s Day, featuring live music and cool prizes.

“Of course, every day is St. Paddy’s Day at Bennigan’s,” says David.  “But we’re going to throw a party in March that would make any Irishman proud, to celebrate our return to Tennessee.  We’re looking forward to providing memorable dining experiences to our friends and neighbors and establishing Bennigan’s as their favorite neighborhood restaurant and tavern.”

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